And if you want to see the memes and the straight fire from Twitter, read on.
So that was definitely an episode of television. I don’t know where to start. Let’s break it up by sections.
The opening of this episode was strong. We had Dany turn up with an absolutely show-stopping entrance…
And after a bit of discussion and a walk through the carnage, Tyrion Lannister gave up his brooch. He didn’t wanna be the hand/sheriff no more.
Then there was a lengthy, but also pretty well-acted scene where Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow reasoned out the pros and cons of absolutely stabbing Daenerys Targaryen in the back for her insane war crimes.
Jon Snow did the same tortured “what should I do with this moral quandary” face he’s been doing for eight long seasons, and then he did what he always does: the right thing. In this case murder by loving knife in the belly.
That was bad enough (the stabbing I mean). Then the worst part: Drogon’s mourning period. Which involved a lot of fire and a complete melting of the Iron Throne.
At this point, things seemed good. Good episode, decent-ish writing, good performances. This was the high point of the episode. The Dany death scene was great, Drogon’s reaction was great. Sweet, we’re getting the Jon Snow ending, right?
This is the point where things went off the rails.
Bran Stark — perhaps the most irritating character in the show’s long history was now the owner of a completely melted Iron Throne. He got the throne by everyone just sort of agreeing he should be king in one of the weirdest scenes in Game of Thrones history.
As you might expect, people were upset. Wrote one Twitter user: “I really spent 8 years watching this show for bran to be king, dany dead and jon back at the nightwatch???”
And from that point on we were in epilogue mode. Jon Snow was back in the newly established Night’s Watch. Arya decided to go on high-seas adventures. The north became its own kingdom, meaning Sansa got to be queen in the north. Sure, whatever. That makes sense.
Perhaps the one high point: Jon Snow reunited with Ghost and people were happy for a while.
But as the credits rolled, there was an empty sense of disappointment. That’s it, the show is over. Are we going to get a spin-off with Arya Stark as assassin on the high seas or Jon Snow adventuring in the north? Maybe, but this wasn’t the ending we were expecting. It all feels a bit strange.
Farewell Game of Thrones, it’s been an amazing (confusing, anger-inducing) eight seasons.
Game of Thrones season 8 finale: Our watch has ended
Updated May 20, 5:07 p.m. PT